“Program in Boston targets men who buy sex” by Zachary T. Sampson

Director and founder of the EVA center Cherie Jimenez and Dona Gavin, Sergeant Detective and Commander of the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit, support Boston’s effort to end the demand for prostitution. Dona and Cherie will BOTH be featured on a panel at our conference on trafficking, the sex industry and strategies for implementing the Nordic Model in the US. Mark your calendars for July 11th and be sure not to miss this opportunity to learn more from the experts themselves. This conference is free of charge and more information is available here: http://stoppornculture.org/events/24/july-11-boston-usa-conference-on-trafficking-the-sex-industry-and-implementing-the-nordic-model-in-the-us/

This is an excerpt from a recent article published by The Boston Globe. The source of this excerpt is http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/06/03/city-aims-reduce-prostitution-targeting-those-who-pay-for-sex/3RR2RtPPkF4Y2P7Ain0APO/story.html

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Boston is instituting a program to reduce prostitution by targeting men who buy sex instead of the women who provide it, officials announced Tuesday.

The city is partnering with Demand Abolition, a Cambridge-based group led by former US ambassador Swanee Hunt, to end human trafficking by stifling demand rather than by punishing sex workers. The goal of the public-private partnership is to reduce demand for prostitutes in Boston by 20 percent in two years.

The project will involve collecting data on the solicitation of prostitutes, and a team of local leaders, which has not yet met, will make recommendations for specific awareness and enforcement measures.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh said traditional ways of combating prostitution have long involved criminal punishment that leads to a cycle of sustained vulnerability for sex workers.

“In Boston, we will not tolerate buying or selling of human beings,” he said at an antitrafficking summit Tuesday morning in the Hotel Commonwealth.

Boston is one of four cities working with Demand Abolition, which identifies prostitution as a form of human trafficking. The other participants are Denver, San Francisco, and Seattle, a spokesman said.

Solicitation largely occurs online, so the groups will use data-scraping technology to see how many men are visiting websites such as backpage.com and Craigslist in search of sex, said Lina Nealon, director of policy and outreach for Demand Abolition. Cities will also employ such measures as staking out a known brothel to count how many visitors go in and out.

A demand-side approach to enforcement can be effective because it focuses on those with the most to lose, said Donna Gavin, a sergeant detective in the Boston police human trafficking unit.

“These are people that are usually more affluent, have jobs, careers, and families that they’re definitely risking by being involved and fueling the violent industry,” Gavin said.

The sex workers and pimps, however, “don’t feel like they have anything to lose,” she said.


The face of human trafficking has long been a foreign national smuggled into the United States from a faraway place, but that is not a complete picture, said Cherie Jimenez, a survivor of the sex industry who counsels prostitutes in Boston. Most sex workers in the city grew up here, she said.

Jimenez is a member of the team that will help develop the city’s policy. Nealon said some approaches to targeting johns might involve increasing arrests, improving education, and buyer intervention programs.

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full article, please visit the Boston Globe website http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/06/03/city-aims-reduce-prostitution-targeting-those-who-pay-for-sex/3RR2RtPPkF4Y2P7Ain0APO/story.html

Zachary T. Sampson is a correspondant for The Boston Globe.

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Cherie Jimenez and Dona Gavin with BOTH be speaking on a panel discussion at our FREE conference on trafficking, the sex Industry and strategies for implementing the Nordic Model in the US. Please see more information and obtain tickets here: http://stoppornculture.org/events/24/july-11-boston-usa-conference-on-trafficking-the-sex-industry-and-implementing-the-nordic-model-in-the-us/

Cherie Jimenez: Director and founder of The Eva Center, a sex industry survivor service NGO that focuses on effective exit strategies. Cherie has worked with hundreds of exploited women and “she understands the game” as she says, of “how easy it is to get into prostitution, and how hard to get out”. Cherie is an exited sex industry survivor and part of a global group of survivors working to push for the implementation of the Nordic Model throughout the world.

Donna Gavin: Sergeant Detective and Commander of the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit, and member of the Greater Boston Human Trafficking Task Force. Donna has worked tirelessly for the rights of trafficking and other victims for over 30 years. Her effective operations include investigations against violent pimps and traffickers and online stings that target johns and thus reduce demand.